Cassville council names new top cop
The Cassville City Council hired Dana Kammerlohr as the city's new police chief at its regularly scheduled meeting on April 20.
"I'm very positive about the direction that the city is headed in and Dana will be a very positive part of the reshaping of the city," said Mayor Tracy Holle. "Her ability to work with all law enforcement entities will be a big plus for Cassville."
In a statement that was released on April 21, the Cassville City Council reported that several qualified and experienced candidates applied for the police chief position. The statement also encouraged all local residents to help make the transition a positive and welcoming experience for Kammerlohr.
Kammerlohr will begin serving as Cassville Police chief sometime in the next few weeks. Current police chief Lonnie McCullough will be available to assist Kammerlohr until he retires on June 1.
Kammerlohr has been a member of the Barry County Sheriff's Department and served as Barry County's Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer for a number of years.
In new business, the aldermen reviewed the city's quarterly financial reports.
"The revenue sales tax report shows that our tax revenue is pretty flat at this point," said Darelyn Cooper, city finance officer. "That is good, because we budgeted the revenue flat."
Although April sales tax revenues decreased one-half percent, revenues are up one-10th of a percent for the year.
"We are doing fine," said Cooper. "We don't have to make any adjustments based on revenue, but we have had things that we have paid for that were not budgeted and we will need to adjust for those."
This year, the council approved a $600 land purchase for drainage control. The city also paid $1,695 for a storm siren radio encoder and $75 for the Sale Bard Road and Les Jacobs Ford sewer extension project.
"The radio expense was budgeted last year but the final invoice did not arrive until February," said Cooper. "The sewer extension has only cost $75 so for, but it will cost more. The Super 8 Sears sewer extension will begin in mid year also."
Cooper also presented the city's cash balance report, which showed that Cassville had nearly $2.5 million in deposits as of March 31. Of that money, over $640,000 is restricted for bonds and other reserves.
The city also has over $1.8 million in funds that can be designated by the city council. Currently, $1 million is designated for reserves and $355,588 has been designated for sewer and water expansion projects. Another $500,000 has been set aside as UDAG funds, which will be used to help pay for the city's master plan.
"We dipped into our reserves to finish the First Street project, but we are building that back" said Cooper. "Any other projects that the council decides to do that are not budgeted will come out of the reserve. You could lower the city's account reserves by $300,000 or choose to use the money that was reserved for the Southern Hills sewer project."
Cooper reported that city employees are researching the requirements for stimulus grant funds. The deadline to apply for funding is May 15.
In other business, the Cassville City Council:
* Welcomed new aldermen Bill Hill and Mark Pry.
* Approved a cost apportionment agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, which requires the city to pay for any expenses that are incurred during the Highway Y sidewalk project that are not covered by the MoDOT grant that the city received last year.
* Received a clean audit report from Decker and DeGood.
* Approved a bank services bid from Freedom Bank and a hay bid from Johnny Berry.
* Honored Ron Harris, city wastewater employee, who is retiring this year.